Establishing and understanding the cost implication of hiring a private investigator prior to appointing them on a matter is essential.

You’ve found instances of theft, fraud, corruption or irregularities and suspect the involvement of your employees. You need to get to the bottom of the matter and you’re looking to employ the services of a private investigator?

Here are a few important factors to consider;

· Take the time to establish the investigator’s qualifications, experience and credentials
· Check their reference for credibility
· Make sure they have a sound track record

For an investigator to advise and choose the correct approach of an investigation they would need to understand the desired outcome of the client (i.e. criminal, civil, industrial) and all the relevant facts and information surrounding the matter.

Finally it is important to agree on time frames. This is always a grey area, and can be broken down into stages.